This being Hennessey, everything about the Revolution Roadster is pretty extreme. Even the roof makes a Porsche 718 Spyder RS look like a Rolls Dawn, the single-piece carbon arrangement weighing just 8kg and secured with four bolts and pair of high-strength latches. Top speed hasn’t been quoted, though you probably wouldn’t want to do 250mph-plus with the roof off.
Hennessey says that the Venom F5 Revolution Roadster brings together the best bits of both the more focused coupe and the drop-top model; specifically, that’s ‘visceral open-air motoring with a racing circuit focus’. Even on something less extreme (all things being relative) like a McLaren 765LT Spider, the roofless track car is a pretty heady cocktail, so expect more of the same here.
Everything that marked out the Revolution hardtop has made it through the transition - see the huge splitters, new rear wing, chunky dive planes and air scoop - as well as the changes under the skin like retuned suspension. Quite what a two-wheel drive car with three times the power of a Huracan Sterrato and a circuit-focused chassis setup is like rather boggles the mind.
The Revolution Roadster is the fourth Venom F5 model; frankly, we’ve lost track of how many should have been made and which ones are sold out, but Hennessey says that a dozen of these will be made, they’ll cost from $3m, and they’re all spoken for. The car seen here and set for The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, on August 18th is a ‘Bare Carbon’ version. Of the 12 just five will be in this spec, featuring a carbon weave ‘methodically arranged in a herringbone pattern to accentuate the F5’s graceful lines.’
John Hennessey said: “The new Venom F5 Revolution Roadster combines our track-focused hypercar with an open-top for an unmatched visceral driving experience. This first example, a bespoke build for a special client, debuts our bare carbon finish with its meticulous handcrafted exposed carbon-fibre weave. Our hypercar is a timeless work of art that is as visually inspiring as it is physically engaging, thanks to its 1,817-hp combustion-only twin-turbocharged V8.” Expect all 12 to be finished just in time for 2024’s edition - that’s got to be the spoilerless one more suited to road driving, right?
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